name this cactus

billinsc(7B SC)December 9, 2005

I "rescued" this one from Wal-Mart day before yesterday. It was in pure peat, and had just been soggily watered. I rushed it home and removed all the peat and put it in my coarse mix. I think it is an Opuntia, but which one?

Bill in SC

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cactusdan19(z5b NE)

Sorry I don't know which one it is. But, how would you like a Cylindropuntia imbricata next spring? They are cold hardy to zone 5, looks similar to that one (larger) and has a pretty red/purple flower, I can give you a small one, in the ground it should really take off.

Here is a link that might be useful: Small C. imbricata

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 11:52AM
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It seems to be Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 12:35PM
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This is a Cylindropuntia, not an Austrocylindropuntia.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 1:35PM
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billinsc(7B SC)

Yes Dan, I'd love one. How big do they get when planted in the ground?
Thanks Alfonso and Pieter. Before I posted here on it, I looked up Cylindropunta, because I thought the segments looked like cylinders, hence the name. My search kept directing me to
Austrocylindropuntia, which didn't look just right.. Thanks a heap folks!!
Bill in SC

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 6:57PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Bill, (Austro)cylindropuntia imbricata is very cold-hardy but not so winter-wet-hardy. Over here it won't make it without protection from the rain.

I don't know what your new one is, but one of those Opuntioid things! Half of the Cylindropuntia got moved to Austrocylindropuntia and I don't know why and I can't tell the difference :)

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 7:02PM
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deefar(zone 5 NY)

Good for you Bill, what a nice looking plant.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 8:02PM
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cactusdan19(z5b NE)

Hey Bill,
Around here they get to about 4-5' tall and branch out to almost the same. We have a couple of good examples here in town.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2005 at 4:34PM
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jadegarden(z11 Caribbean)


I saw one very much like that in Home Depot yesterday - labelled as opuntia subuluta monstrose.


    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 11:45AM
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